Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Sep 2013 23:03 UTC
Google

So there you have it - ads are very likely going to be part of Gmail soon. After all, it seems almost silly to not monetize a core app with an absolutely massive install base - between 500 million and a billion. I just hope these ads won't be overly intrusive, and from the looks of things, the Gmail team is approaching the situation with care.

Ads on my Android Gmail application? Seriously, Google?

Alternatives?

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Ready for a new alternative
by asupcb on Sun 29th Sep 2013 01:49 UTC
asupcb
Member since:
2005-11-10

I hope that something else comes along that can challenge Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Hopefully Jolla, Ubuntu/Canonical, or (really long shot) KDE can put up some kind of challenge. Maybe the security aspect can be pushed due to being Open Source and verifiable as not having backdoors. Canonical could become the new Blackberry since they have the beginnings of the underlying application, cloud, and Enterprise support necessary to provide a secure but open environment.

Who knows maybe KDE Plasma Active on OpenBSD could be made to work?

The biggest challenge that I see most of these newcomers facing are the big players obscene patent war chests. Patents need to be done away with; or at the very least software patents.

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RE: Ready for a new alternative
by Radio on Sun 29th Sep 2013 08:32 in reply to "Ready for a new alternative"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Canonical? Ah! You're talking about the company who put an Amazon search lend in Ubuntu!

The problem is not patents as much as, you know, feeding the developers.

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RE: Ready for a new alternative
by woegjiub on Sun 29th Sep 2013 10:19 in reply to "Ready for a new alternative"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Define challenge.

If you run replicant with FDroid on your mobile, and any linux distribution on your PC, you can basically do anything.
There are great mail apps out there (Mutt, K9Mail, KMail, etc.), and replacements for most things.
Personally, I like KDE for the unified experience and customisability without sacrificing ease-of-use.
Until recently, I was using only console applications and AwesomeWM for most non-office/multimedia tasks though, and that works fine too.

Anything required for work that is windows/OSX specific can easily be run in a VM, with the actual workstation and all applications except those outliers running in Linux.

Your OS doesn't need to be dominant; just popular enough. Linux is that.

Edited 2013-09-29 10:23 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

OpenBSD have never been about a desktop. It can certainly be used as one without a doubt, but it never been every been marketed/presented that way.

In fact I that quite a few people that use it in production environments use OSX as a workstation for example.

Edited 2013-09-30 18:34 UTC

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